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  1. #201
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    5'11" around 300lbs, down from around 400/bs at the beginning of the year.
    I ride a kona Hoss.


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    Technically not a Clyde

    But my built and shape are "clydesome" .
    This is me @ 5'11 and 190 lbs. My ride is a 19.5" Haro V4 .
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    6'2", 230 lbs depending on whether or not I took a crap today. I am down from 245 and on a rather obscure, unpopular diet known as ELE (Eat Less and Exercise).

    04 Enduro Pro under construction in garage (warranty replacement for my recently broken 98 MAX backbone frame).

    05 SX Trail on order (expected delivery late October).

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    One more form Wisconsin

    6'-7+, 290-300 lbs.

    MTB, Surly, Karate Monkey XL (29er) SS right now jury is still out on this I may go back to gears.

    Road/Commute/Single track, Surly, Cross Check 60cm Geared

    Road/Race, G.A. Cycles full custom old school 67 2/3cm Reynolds 531 Steel.

    Road, 1972 Botteccia fixed gear 62cm

    Time trial, Viscount aerospace GP with full aero equipment and disc rear wheel.

    Tandem road, 1970 Gitane slightly updated.

    New tandem road, KHS not built up yet.

    I will post pictures when I have time.
    Also I live by Nine Mile near Wausau, Wisconsin and will play tour guide If any Clyde would like to come and ride. I love showing people around there is son much to ride that is not on the public map.

    I also believe that there should be one more class “pachyderm” for people over 6’-0” and over 240 lbs.

    Greg
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    New stable

    The Heckler broke
    so all its parts went on a new Coiler frame .
    I've grown to love the Coiler.
    Now the SC has come back all fresh with a new mainframe .
    I had to make a choice though....

    So I bought another Z1-FR, a set of XT 4-pistons, XT pods, a King HS and a Monkeybar.
    The rest was spare parts & tired back-ups (i.e. wheels & drivetrain).

    Life is good.



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    How'd it break?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stinky Wiz
    The Heckler broke
    You're the first direct report I've seen of someone breaking a Heckler. I just bought one because I'd heard they're near impossible to break in normal riding, and I wanted a strong frame for my 250# of moderate XC. I broke my Fuel 90 frame in less than a year (700 miles) of mild technical, no big jumps, JRA and it snapped from under me.

    So how'd you break it?
    Lots of riding?
    Jumping big?
    Jumping big and missing?
    Run over it with your car?

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    240lbs and a C-Dale Jekyll with a Lefty
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    Details

    I'm 6'3", 205 lbs now, I was up to 240 a few years ago (forgot to mention that).

    Anyhow, it's still a bit of a mystery, but here's what happened:
    I had broken the swingarm on my '98 Heckler twice (cracked at dropout weld x2), so SC offered me the newer model for a small fee, I snatched it up & it was delivered in Oct/Nov of 2002.

    After many miles, I replaced the bearings & main axle after some slop was detectable. Then, when slop became an issue again & the 2nd set of bearings were shot, I tried to replace them again in July/Aug of this year, but the shop said they couldn't get a tight fit no matter what & so I must have bent the swingarm where it attaches to the main axle.

    This theory proved to be false after SC looked at it & sent it back with the old swingarm, but a new mainframe! This supports my theory that the axle had somehow ovalized or otherwise worked-over the mainframe in the time just before I went in for that second set of bearings/axle.

    SantaCruz has an awesome service policy & warranty & have always stood by their product as far as I'm concerned. That alone is worth it. Otherwise, just make sure you keep that axle on there good 'n tight & if you detect play (i.e. wheel can be easily wiggled back & forth with no resistance), get those bearings replaced pronto!

    I love the Heckler, it handles singletrack like a ginzu-knife. It is a tad small for me (see seatpost extension), but I love its quick trail manners. I rode this bike on challenging (technical So.Cal.) singletrack at least three times a week with 24 mile road-rides thrown in for good measure, until it went back to the factory. It is a great bike.

    I'm not a huge jumper & I won't drop over 5ft (3 is fine). I do like to tailwhip the rear quite a bit on the trail & that might have added stress to the main axle interface, I'm going to stop doing that so much.

    There is a noticable difference in the stiffness of the Heckler rear & that of the Coiler though. The Kona can explode through anything, the Heckler will dart around & over it. The Kona is an M-1 Abrams to the SC's Hummer.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    You're the first direct report I've seen of someone breaking a Heckler. I just bought one because I'd heard they're near impossible to break in normal riding, and I wanted a strong frame for my 250# of moderate XC. I broke my Fuel 90 frame in less than a year (700 miles) of mild technical, no big jumps, JRA and it snapped from under me.

    So how'd you break it?
    Lots of riding?
    Jumping big?
    Jumping big and missing?
    Run over it with your car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinky Wiz
    I'm 6'3", 205 lbs now, I was up to 240 a few years ago (forgot to mention that).

    Anyhow, it's still a bit of a mystery, but here's what happened:
    I had broken the swingarm on my '98 Heckler twice (cracked at dropout weld x2), so SC offered me the newer model for a small fee, I snatched it up & it was delivered in Oct/Nov of 2002.

    After many miles, I replaced the bearings & main axle after some slop was detectable. Then, when slop became an issue again & the 2nd set of bearings were shot, I tried to replace them again in July/Aug of this year, but the shop said they couldn't get a tight fit no matter what & so I must have bent the swingarm where it attaches to the main axle.

    This theory proved to be false after SC looked at it & sent it back with the old swingarm, but a new mainframe! This supports my theory that the axle had somehow ovalized or otherwise worked-over the mainframe in the time just before I went in for that second set of bearings/axle.
    Thanks for the detailed explination. I've heard about the older Heckler design having swing arm failures, but 2X is bad. The new Heckler fixed this problem, along with improving the single pivot suspension.

    I gather by "main axle" you're referring to the rear wheel axle (not the crank axle)? What hubs are you using? I find it odd the main frame is also failing. Maybe the trail slides at your size are stressing out the main frame at the same time it's destroying your hubs?

    In order not to hijack this Heckler picture thread, perhaps you can copy and repost your useful comments on this Santa Cruz thread asking about broken Hecklers. You're the first direct witness!!
    Any broken Hecklers?

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    Big L

    I was referring to the main swingarm pivot, where the swingarm meets the mainframe just above & in front of the bottom bracket on the downtube. Those bearings went south which allowed lateral torsional forces to be exaggerated & basically reamed out the hole the pivot axle goes through.

    She's tight as a .....well pretty tight now

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    Makes sense now

    Quote Originally Posted by Stinky Wiz
    I was referring to the main swingarm pivot, where the swingarm meets the mainframe just above & in front of the bottom bracket on the downtube. Those bearings went south which allowed lateral torsional forces to be exaggerated & basically reamed out the hole the pivot axle goes through.

    She's tight as a .....well pretty tight now
    Makes sense now. I wouldn't call this a "break" as much as excessively fast wear of the single pivot bearing bracket. Still an issue, but not like a catastrophic break that I worry most about hurting or stranding me.

    When trying out Hecklers before purchase, I didn't understand the rear flex of the Heckler described by the critics. I couldn't press the side of the bike and see it, or do fast turns when riding and see any flex. I even tried putting the bike sideways at a 45 degree angle and pressing hard on the cranks with my foot, but only saw the LX cranks bend 1/2" (which is why I got Saint cranks) and no frame flex. However, I finally figured out what people were seeing when I held the seat post and pushed sideways on the top of the tire. I could see the entire swing arm flex easily by a good fraction of an inch. I don't feel the flex on the trail, but it's odd to see in this test. I could imagine lateral loads like you were doing hit right on this weak spot of the Heckler and cause the excessive wear.

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    6' - 210 in fightin' shape


    schwinn moab steel(ss soon)
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    not in fightin shape these days, been off the bikes for too long

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    You're the first direct report I've seen of someone breaking a Heckler. I just bought one because I'd heard they're near impossible to break in normal riding, and I wanted a strong frame for my 250# of moderate XC. I broke my Fuel 90 frame in less than a year (700 miles) of mild technical, no big jumps, JRA and it snapped from under me.

    So how'd you break it?
    Lots of riding?
    Jumping big?
    Jumping big and missing?
    Run over it with your car?
    I crushed a '98 Heckler in spring of '03 (it had served me well for many a (s)mile before though). Even at 6'3" and 290 at the time (250 now) it took a mistake by me to do it: slid off trail at Moab and fell about 12 feet on top of bike into one of those nice "bowls" that abound there. The swing arm basically folded sideways just above the rear dropouts, on the drive side most dramaticaly.

    SC no longer had any swingarms to fit the '98 front triangle so I to took advantage of the whole new frame thing. On the second ride on the new rig I had the headtube crack significantly (read: 28mm on the left side of the headtube/downtube junction). There were some small drops (3-4') and some light jumping involved (I'm not any good at jumping so...) on that ride. SC sent a new front triangle *and* I didn't have to wait 3 months to get that one. I'd love to blame SC, but with my horrible skills, high weight (extremely high at the time of the "deaths"), and over zealous riding style from time to time it's nobody's fault but my own; any bike would have died that day last spring I think.

    Other than those moments I have been nothing less than impressed with the versatility and durability of my SC bikes since late '97. Ride on.

    Kraig.
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    6'3" 225lbs

    There's agotta be a joke in here about riding a g-spot all night, or going down on a g-spot, but I can't think of one.

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    6' 3" @ 235#

    Titus Racer X 29er.

    Top heaviness on the bike has been eliminated. He77, I might put a few pounds on for next year.

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    6'3'' 230 # and riding my first mtb a 05 Specialized Hardrock Sport XL.

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    im 6'2" and i have a short p2

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    Older than most

    6' 0", 225 lbs., 57 years old

    Ride a Trek Fuel 100 and a Trek 9.8

    Primarily trail riding, no hucking/jumping.

    Just got told on Monday that I'm borderline diabetic, and MUST lose about 35-40 lbs. Luckily, no drugs or insulin needed. Lose weight, exercise and eat less. Lucky me.....

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    Hi everyone. This time last year, I was 480lbs. Now I'm down to 255 (I'm 6'5"). I've done this thru the incredibly complex diet of eating less and exercising more . Up untill last Saturday, I was just using a tread mill but Saturday the whole family became bikers . I bought a GT Avalanche 1.0 for me, a Kona Lanai for the wife, a Burley trailer for the 2 month old and 3 year old and a trailer bike for my 5 year old.

    So far, we've only ridden on pavement but I got Mtn bikes because it appears that I live next to a very popular moutain biking area known as Finn Hill. I suppose I'll eventually want to explore the trails so I decided to spend a little more and get a full on Mtn bike instead of the crusier bikes the shop initially suggested. I'm having a blast with the bike and I'm very glad I found this forum.

    Unfortunatly, the Mtn bike bug has already bitten me hard and since Sat, I've spent nearly $500 in upgrades etc. It probably doesn't help that a Performance Bike shop is right across the street from my office. I'm really looking forward to this hobby and I hope to continue to loose more weight. My goal when I was 480 was to reach 250. Now that I'm nearly there, 230 is looking nice...

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    That's really damn impressive! I've (semi) recently dropped 60 pounds and am having some "difficulties" (read: chocolate chip cookies) getting the last 25(ish) off. Good work and good luck. Welcome to the crew.

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    congrats!

    congrats Ace and welcome to the tribe.

    hats off to you for going out and acheiving your goals. You''ll soon find out though, that biking is more than fitness for the body- its exercise for the soul
    Let it flow, let yourself go, slow and low, that is the tempo.

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    6'4, 260. Riding '01 Klein Adept Comp that's been upgraded a bit at a time...

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    6'2" 225#

    This is my current ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Reducer No. 62
    This is my current ride.

    Woo hoo - snap, but mine has gears and bouncy forks ;-) Got a Yeti 575 on order to go with it!

    6'2" and 260lbs at the moment myself - hit 280+ a while back, got depressed and managed to make it as far south as 248. Trying to get back on the wagon again and shift myself down to the 210-220 region if I can (big built so whether that is doable remains to be seen! Lowest I can remember is 225lbs ish 10 years back whilst living in the Amazon)

    Inbreds are fantastic!!!

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    Good job! I heart inbreds

    Quote Originally Posted by RobS
    Woo hoo - snap, but mine has gears and bouncy forks ;-) Got a Yeti 575 on order to go with it!

    6'2" and 260lbs at the moment myself - hit 280+ a while back, got depressed and managed to make it as far south as 248. Trying to get back on the wagon again and shift myself down to the 210-220 region if I can (big built so whether that is doable remains to be seen! Lowest I can remember is 225lbs ish 10 years back whilst living in the Amazon)

    Inbreds are fantastic!!!
    I really dig it, and it seems to be clyde-proof. Plus, it's MUCH more comfy than my previous ride...

    The pic is crap... sorry. The tiny image is of a rigid Bianchi DISS. Nowhere near as compliant as the inbred, but a pretty nice ride, all things considered.
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    Just found this forum, and this is my first entry! Finally, somewhere for us big-boned folks.

    I'm 6'3" and tip the scales at 215 pounds.

    Mountain bike: I rode a Cannondale CAAD 2 for seven years, and it held up like a champ for several thousand miles. Other than normal wear and tear, I only had to replace the headshock twice.

    Just this past month I bought a new Specialized Epic Comp and so far I'm loving it. I raced it in the 24 Hours of Adrenaline five days after getting it and the bike was flawless. After about 250 miles of thrashing, it's still holding up very well.

    Road bike: 1989 Eddy Merckx Super Corsa (59cm) with matching vintage Campy components. It's old and heavy, but riding that thing down the mountains is like chocolate. Smooth and sweet.


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    Me on my Ti Hardtail.....5'11" 215lbs

    This summer at Moran State park. San Juan Islands WA
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    [QUOTE=Rocket Reducer No. 62]I really dig it, and it seems to be clyde-proof. Plus, it's MUCH more comfy than my previous ride...

    Aye, been riding mine for a couple of years now - it's absolutely fantastic! I had a revalation not long after getting it, took it down to the area Brant of On-One lives and tried it on the local trails around there - it suddenly really made sense! Pick up the speed on the moorland trails and it really comes to life - really planted.

    I am debating a Ti one when funds allow now

    Rob

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    hello, and congrats....

    I have to say that reading some of the stories on here about you guys losing the pounds has definitely inspired me. I am 6'4" and 300, and would like to lose about 80lbs.

    I am picking up a Haro Escape 8.1 tomorrow for cheap, it will be my 1st real step into mountain biking, and I am really looking forward to it!!!

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    Cool-blue Rhythm big muz

    I am 280 pounds and love riding single track . I have a Rocky Mountain Slayer ,Cross Max XL wheels, Z1 QR20 ,Race Face North Shore cranks,and Ti Tec bars. The bike has been beat for 4 years and still going strong.

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    hi, i'm trevor and i am 6'1 and 208#, down from 305# but up from 195#, i ride a kona kula named jezebel who kicks the crap outta me on a regular basis. She's a little sadistic.

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    here goes 5'11" 225 i'd like to get to about 190-200
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    I'm 6'3" and currently 230#. Heaviest I've been was 256, about 3 years ago, got down to 215 last summer after lots of riding.

    I ride a Giant VT, with no factory parts (including the frame) left original (exluding deraillers, handlebar, and stem)

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    Cannondale Gemini 900 + SuperT

    my Gemini w/ SuperT... mmm mmm mmm.. Im lovin it

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    6'0" and 230lb

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    7 Foot 310 down from 370

    I was up to 370 but Weight watchers has made me shrink a bit. I ride a Raleigh M80 with a tall seat post high-rise stem and a stem riser. And just ordered my Sidi dominators in mega size 52. I think I win the tall prize!

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    Hey Man,

    I am 5'10" and 220. I have a M Heckler which works real well....I like it a lot. I had an 03' HARO X2 which was OK in that it was bulletproof and withstood my size and un graceful riding style....but it felt 'heavy' when pedaling...if ya know what I mean. I'm sort of sold on SC right now, but the Giant Maestro is supposed to be pretty decent. They were accused of copying the VPP that SC developed (I think). The heavy duty BLUR is supposed to be a pretty nice ride also.

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    ... and if we just ... Update...

    Still 6'6" 270lbs, but now riding a 2004 Cannondale Gemini 900. HUGE upgrade from the Stiffee (from 4" front, 0" rear, to 7" on both ends), and only a couple lbs heavier. Sold the Stiffee, so the Gemini is now my do everything bike, from the Whistler Bike Park to epic rides...MUCH more comfortable on all rides! :-)



    sh0rty :P

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    Nothing to see here...

    Just my bike. I'm 245ish and 5' 8". But I'm big boned, I swear :-)



    It's a Cannondale Prophet 600, but in frame and fork only, everything else has been upgraded. Juicy 7s, Truvativ Hussevelts, and a Rohloff. Amazing bike, it's everything I wanted it to be. 5.5" of travel on both ends, 31.5 pounds.
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    XC, moving on to a more serious machine

    I've been up to 270, 6'4". Last bike was a Titus RacerX (great for SF-area XC-focussed riding). I've now moved on to a Heckler (now down to 230), and doing much more freeride oriented riding (and, bizarrely, 24 hour racing... .

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    6'3" 310 - '05 Specialized Stumpy Comp Disc 100

    6'3" 310 - '05 Specialized Stumpy Comp Disc 100

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    Finnish Clyde

    Hi! I'm 6'1" tall and weigh in at 210-220 lbs depending on season (as you might guess, I'm closer to 220 at the mo' ). I ride a medium Ellsworth 2004 Joker..Just got it a week ago, and have only ridden twice because of the crappy icy weather...However, here's a nice pic of it in the typical Finnish weather. Thanks to my friend Steelduck for taking the pic(s)!

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    lighter, but not light enough

    I weighed a high of 300lbs to a low of 208. Currently at 220lbs. Adverse trail conditions and family man guilt prevents more mountain biking. Every problem has a solution and mine was to purchase a Madone SL 5.2 and a trainer. One can not put a price on health, hence the purchase of my backup/mudder Weyless XP. Since I am a good provider, an upgrade (?) to a Ventana X5 from a Blur is a reasonable reward. After reading this, I realize I need better logic to justify my addiction to my wife. I would love a Trek Top Fuel or a Titus Racer X with a F80X.

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    Horsetooth, I miss thee so!!!!!!

    Nice climb by the way.

    Quote Originally Posted by El Beastro
    I'm 6'1" @ 215-225lbs....down from 252lbs just a year ago (damn Hostess Twinkies)

    See attached pics as to my recent rides.......Titus Switchblade, Jamis Komodo, and now my new Kona Unit and oh yea, I can't forget my AMA SuperSport Suzuki GSXR.

    I have a new '04 Ventana X5 w/6 inch rockers, Maverick DC fork, and Rohloff hub in the works but won't have it running for a few weeks yet. I'll post photos when she's ready to hit the trails.

    El Beastro (#247)

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    How do you like the Rholoff (sp?)? I don't know if I'll ever buy one, but I have been giving it some thought. Keep the rubber side down.

    Kraig...
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    6', 260-ish. lbs. Been as high as 302lbs and as low as 230lbs all in the past 18 months!

    My primary ride? Ventana Chamuco with a ZR150 FR.

    The rest of the garage: SASS, Zaskar HT (circa '89), Homegrown Pro modified trials bike (circa '98), '83 Bianchi Squadra (rain roadie), '05 Bianchi steel 30 sp campy-equipped roadie and in the works: On-One Inbred geared Ti ht.

    Some of your training stories are quite inspiring. Keep on, keeping on guys!

    One more question, I'd throw out to the masses: What your annual mileage or total hours spent riding? Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaKlyde
    How do you like the Rholoff (sp?)? I don't know if I'll ever buy one, but I have been giving it some thought. Keep the rubber side down.

    Kraig...
    It's awesome. I don't know what to say about it since it's such an out-of-the-way kinda part.

    It does it's job, and doesn't break. Definitely clydeworthy, more so than reg derailluer setups.

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    I'm 6'5", 245 lbs, ride all over the Pacific Northwest, here's my new XL Heckler. Took me 3 months to build up while I was recovering from a broken leg in 5 spots on my old bike.
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    I'm 6' and 225lbs. I started at 265lbs. My current goal is 190 and I will re-evaluate then and possibly aim for 175. I have a hard time staying away from sweets, chocolate chip cookies mostly. Even at 265 I never realized how big I was until I saw a picture a friend of mine took and I had a huge belly hanging out. I've cut down to almost no beer or soda. Atkins doesn't work for me, I like my bread and pasta too much. I managed to lose 40lbs with exercise alone and now I'm working on cutting my food portions to lose the rest.

    I ride a 03 Jamis Dakar Sport that is stock except for a Thomson seatpost and Time ATAC pedals. I've also picked up a used GT roadbike for training rides.

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